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Monday Aches, Pains and Smug Satisfaction - News 2/12

Posted by Robyn / February 12, 2007

fetesdesneiges.jpg Score one for the depth of Quebec winter: I went cross-country skiing in the Laurentians on Saturday! The weather was perfect (sunny and cold, no wind) and I was able to laugh at my pathetic first-timer falls down the smallest hills ever. Dude, cross-country skis have no "edge"! I did figure it out. And though I can't deny that I'm in pain today, I feel that I've finally experienced another essential Canadian-winter rite of passage. May winter live on for future generations of Canadians who are into self-inflicted pain, braggadocio, and the wonders of nature.

But when nature as we know it does go away, at least there will be video game simulations of Canada as it was. I mean, is that too much to expect with the expansion of Ubisoft here in Montreal? I think winter's force will somehow work itself into the games and movies and new-tech whatevers of the future. Carnival VR-Party 2057! Holodeck Fetes des Neiges!

Oh, ugh, okay, even winter fun isn't detracting from how depressing news reading and high-tech freak-out versions of the future are to me. I don't even know how to feel about multiculturalism these days. Freedom, good. Stoning, not good. Issue, complex.

But wait, let me try going with the political again: the documentary film 500 Years Later, an "unapologetic African narrative on the crisis and legacy of enslavement," screens tonight at 7:30 as part of the Cinema Politica program. It's free or by donation and at Concordia's Hall Building, Rm H-110.

So, on to "entertainment." Are the Grammy Awards still a big deal? Or just an easy way to fill a Monday news hole? Well, it still has an audience, regardless - it would seem the Music Industry isn't desperately clinging to a life cut short by the downloading masses, and yet... Yeah, I did not watch this award show. Even reading about it depresses me. But if it's your thing, or a thing you're inexplicably compelled to watch and read about, then I kind of commend you for your strength of will or ignorance or celebrity-watching. I am not made of such strong stuff - just reading about The Police playing "Roxanne" as an opener and James Blunt still managing to be famous hurts me in my eyes. The Dixie Chicks winning stuff is good, right, as they are talented and "political." I will, of course, be watching Christina Aguilera's performance on youtube, if this is anything to go by. That is probably not something to watch in the morning time, btw.

All the Montreal Arcade Fire shows are over.

Monday nights can be slow, but they are good for things like wine-sipping and vernissage-going at new venues, like the Katacombes, a cool looking, community-oriented place just south of St. Catherine's on St. Laurent. There will be "post-punk" and there will be "dance."

In weather news, winter continues to be cold. Today's temperature is dropping as I write this, from -11 to -14 and then to -22 by tonight. Not even taking into account the windchill. But it's sunny and the sky is blue! And it's supposed to snow A LOT on Wednesday! Stay warm and happy.

Onwards into the week! Aim high! Or low, but not mediocre.

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